The name "Okljucna" means "around the key" here is the key
viewed from the road leading into Okljucna, Croatia.
It is easy to see why folks have moved away from this scenic village -- no running water or wells -- just cisterns. Electricity has just recently come to the area and the "improved" roads are very rough. Now you can drive around, but the car scrapped bottom as we slowly went in, around and out 13 km. When my mother-in-law visited in 1991 she went in by donkey. The only street sign at the one crossroads, gives two towns, each "2h" [two hours] away by foot. The modern sign has replaced the old hand-lettered one my husband saw in his past trip. Any time they had to sell fish, for example, it was carried to Komiza or Vis on their backs or heads. They raised olives and grapes. Not an easy life.
We visited the tiny church. There are people in the village of Vis who care for it.
|Road leading up to the church|
|a beehive oven and rack to pull |
out the bread
|hoops for wine barrels|
|a cistern -- |
bucket nearby and water within
|shoes left behind next to oven|
|The "second" squeeze in cool press olive oil processing.|
Now the people take it elsewhere and it is done by machine
without the horsepower in living color.
|The first squeeze of the olives. You can see how the horse |
could walk around driving the olive press.
The smaller house with an air conditioner (now) is the Vulic
house, the ones next to it and below are the Drpic houses.
Helen Drpic married Mate Vulic -- nothing like marrying
the girl or guy next door!
|Splitska from the road leading into town.|